Just because our cinema has temporarily shut its doors doesn’t mean we don’t still love film.
We’ll be publishing regular round-ups of films available online, with advice on where to either watch for free, or rent/buy from various on-demand or subscription platforms, until we are able to welcome to all back to your local independent cinema.
We’ve teamed up with online cinema platform Mubi to give you a free 90 day trial period so you can continue to enjoy cult, classic, independent and world cinema. They add a new film every day! Sign up below to watch for free using the website or app, on any device.
You can get 15% off Curzon Home Cinema using the code ATHOME15.
We’re seeking partnerships with other online providers for you too! We’ll update on this soon.
Film recommendations of the week and how to watch them:
In an unprecedent move, major film studios are making some of their most recent releases available online. Universal have just placed Autumn De Winter’s most recent adaptation of Emma starring Anna Taylor Joy and Bill Nighy on Amazon. There is quite a hefty fee of £15.99 to watch, but if you missed it at Storyhouse earlier in March you can catch up now here.
Over on Curzon Home Cinema, you can catch recently-released Portrait of A Lady On Fire for £9.99. Director Céline Sciamma (Girlhood) tells the story of portrait painter Marianne (Noémie Merlant) who, after being sent to an isolated island in Bretagne at the end of the eighteenth century, is obliged to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse (Adèle Haenel), a reluctant bride to be who has just left the convent. Intimacy and attraction grow between the two women but their freedom is short-lived.
We were really sad to cut short the run of this beautiful drama short at Storyhouse, so if you missed it head here.
Also released this week on Curzon Home Cinema is The Truth. For his first feature set outside Japan, director Hirokazu Kore-eda (Shoplifers, Our Little Sister) unites French screen legends Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche in a powerful and emotional story of family conflicts. It’s available this week for £11.99.
Over on Mubi this week is Bacurau, a Brazillian horror-style western about a town under siege from a mysterious threat. Ruthless and at times harrowing – this may appeal to those who enjoyed Monos at the recent Chester International Film Festival curated by Chester Film Society at Storyhouse. See above on how to get started with Mubi for free.
For those left feeling bereft at the cancellation of the football season, we suggest you head over to the BFI Player where you can watch a curated selection of football related archive film for free.
Our Storyhouse Young Film Programmers have also come up with some family suggestions to watch together.
May Vuletic has suggested watching Kiki’s Delivery Service on Netflix. A unique take on the coming-of-age genre, Kiki’s Delivery Service is the whimsical, heartfelt tale of a young witch’s self-discovery. Embark on a magical animated journey from one of Japan’s most acclaimed directors.
Nathan Smith has suggested watching Ernest & Celestine on Amazon. Ernest & Celestine is a charming animated film from France about a mouse called Celestine who breaks her society’s rules and befriends a bear named Ernest. Beautiful animation and great characters make this a perfect film to watch with the family. The film is subtitled but the story can easily be understood through the animation.
Send us your suggestions @StoryhouseLive! See you soon.